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THE BRANDON BEEMER INTERVIEW – THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL

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MICHAEL:
There were rumors for awhile that you were going to be on “B&B” way before you signed on the dotted line to play Owen Knight , correct?

BRANDON:
There was a rumor at the beginning, and the funny thing is, there was no truth to the rumor. Then later on, I got a phone call and they asked me to test, about two and half months after the original rumor came out. They asked me to test and I did. I lost that particular role to Texas Battle (Marcus), and then they offered me another role.

MICHAEL:
And there were a few more shows that were rumored to be courting you, too!

BRANDON:
I was rumored to be on every show on daytime, “GH”, “OLTL”…

MICHAEL:
How long has it been since you first stepped foot on the “B&B” set?

BRANDON:
I started the week before last, and I worked a few episodes. Then we went on a two- week break and I come back next week pretty strong.

MICHAEL:
What do you know about your new character?

BRANDON:
He is no relation to anyone on the show, which makes the possibilities pretty endless. I think he has an agenda, but as I have said, everyone has an agenda. I think he is going to be fun to play because he is going to be mysterious.

MICHAEL:
Sounds like he will be a lot different than your last role, as Shawn Brady on “DAYS”.

BRANDON:
He will be the complete opposite of Shawn on “Days”, and I am excited about it. It’s a challenge and it’s totally opposite of something I have been doing for so long. I always enjoy a good challenge.

MICHAEL:
But I am sure you will be paired up with a beautiful woman, or women, on “B&B”. Any clues as to whom you may be romantically linked with on the show?

BRANDON:
Let’s just say the possibilities are endless, and I am not complaining. I think I am in a good position.

MICHAEL:
How does working on “B&B” and at CBS, differ from your first assessment working on “DAYS” and at NBC?

BRANDON:
I got a really friendly vibe at “B&B”. They run a very tight ship. I am happy with everything there, and I am going to enjoy it a lot. So, it’s going to be a great adventure.

MICHAEL:
Had you met Texas Battle before your “B&B” experience?

BRANDON:
No, I have never met him. We ended up testing for the same role. He ended up booking the role, and then I got a different role. We were both out one night at a birthday party and we ran into each other, and we hit it off. He is a lot of fun, and a good guy.

MICHAEL:
Who have you had scenes with thus far on “B&B”?

BRANDON:
So far, I have worked with Texas Battle and Jennifer Gareis (Donna). Jennifer is a sweet and talented actress. That’s it so far. You will be able to add to that roster in a week! I will be working with Lesli Kay (Felicia) a lot next week. Coming up, I will also be working with Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffi).

MICHAEL:
Have you been in touch with your former partners in crime at “DAYS”?

BRANDON:
I talk to them all, and we went to the Emmy Nominee reception the other day. I got a lot of phone calls from them congratulating me, when I went over to “B&B”. I think they are very happy with me. All of them are great, and I wish them all the best.

MICHAEL:
Have you stayed in touch with your former co-star, Martha Madison (Ex-Belle, “DAYS”)?

BRANDON:
I have spoken to her a few times, and I see her at the gym now and then. She is good. I think she is doing really well.

MICHAEL:
What has your girlfriend, Nadia Bjorlin’s (Chloe, “DAYS”) response been to your new acting move to “B&B”?

BRANDON:
She is excited, and she will watch and become a big fan of “B&B”!

MICHAEL:
Since both of you are soap actors, do you critique each other’s work when you are together?

BRANDON:
We don’t really critique each other’s work. We just tell each other if it doesn’t ring true. We don’t try to direct each other about our work, or critique each other, because we see each other in a completely different light. And, if you can fool somebody you know so well, then it’s a good thing and you are doing a good job.

MICHAEL:
Do you think it’s easier for your personal relationship with Nadia, being on two separate soaps, or do you think it may have been better being on the same show?

BRANDON:
I don’t know yet. But, it was great working on the same show with Nadia, and its great working on a different show or opposite show. Now at least, we have stories to tell each other when we see each other, as opposed to working on the same show where we both already know what occurred.

MICHAEL:
Brandon, what happened to your website? Fans want to know!

BRANDON:
I am in the process of trying to get a new website up. I apologize to all the people out there that have gone to www.brandonbeemer.com and seen it has not been updated in a very long time. I actually lost access to the website, but now I finally got access back to it, so I will update it as soon as I can.

MICHAEL:
When you are out and about in public, do people still yell, “Shawn”?

BRANDON:
A lot of people yell, “Shawn” or “DAYS”, but that will change. They will say “B&B” now… so tune in!

MICHAEL:
Did Brad Bell (exec prod and head writer “B&B”), tell you a lot about the role of Owen before you took it on?

BRANDON:
He gave me enough background for what I needed to create something. So, with the character being so mysterious, it’s almost kind of fun that we can create as we go. With Shawn, you could not create as you go. Brad gave me the job as the actor to fill in all the pieces and background of the character. I love that the possibilities are endless

MICHAEL:
Well, there has to be something up Brad Bell’s sleeve…you must have some big reveal coming at some point.

BRANDON:
Let’s just say you will find out. I think we will be in for a surprise.

MICHAEL:
Can your fans expect you to be staying on “B&B” for awhile?

BRANDON:
I hope I will be on the show for awhile. I signed a three-year contract with them. I hope they like my work, and everything works out and I stay awhile.

MICHAEL:
Is doing soaps a good “fit” for you?

BRANDON:
I love daytime! I have a lot of respect for it and it’s the hardest work I have done in my life! It’s such a challenge everyday, and the payoff is great. To look back and know that you did that, with the amount of time and dialog you had to do and how fast it moved, is a great feeling of accomplishment.

MICHAEL:
What do you think we can say to fans? “Look forward to Owen Knight……”

BRANDON:
Owen Knight is going to be coming to LA and causing some trouble.

MICHAEL:
Your character was originally named Owen Hart. Then it was abruptly changed. Was this because of the fact that Owen Hart was the famous wrestler who fell to his death a few years back in the WWE, in a freak accident? Did Brad know this?

BRANDON:
I know Owen Hart died. I can’t believe that…. like 80 feet above the ring. I remembered Owen Hart, because his brother was Bret, “The Hitman” Hart. He came from a family of wrestlers. When I heard the name, I went “Owen Hart?” Actually, Brad said it and I went, “Owen Hart. I know that name”. I called him up and told him, that’s a wrestler! Brad loved the name, but because he was a wrestler, it was a bit too much. Owen Knight is kind of cool.

MICHAEL:
What are people telling you they think is going to be your prospective storyline? What are they saying?

BRANDON:
I keep getting people saying that they want me to be related to Ronn Moss (Ridge). I could be Ronn Moss’s aborted son… that Ronn impregnated some woman years ago and she got an abortion years ago, but she really never did. I am the bastard Forrester. People say to me, “I hope you are going to be related to Ronn Moss, because you guys have a very similar look and very chiseled faces.” I go, “Well, I don’t know, but my last name is Knight, but used to be Hart.” (He laughs)

MICHAEL:
Do you think it’s easier or harder stepping into a role as a recast, or to create something from scratch, which you are getting to do now on “B&B”?

BRANDON:
I don’t know. Sometimes, when you are not related to the family on a soap, it’s harder because you have no roots. Then, some people say its better to not be related. I think being a recast is much harder. At “DAYS” with Shawn, I had to learn everything of the history of the Brady’s. With this new character on “B&B”, I assume this character would not know too much of the history of the Forrester’s. I have to make it all up on my own.

MICHAEL:
How interesting, that both former Shawn’s on “DAYS”, yourself and Jason Cook, both landed new roles on different soaps within a matter of days and will be making your first appearances on them starting this summer.

BRANDON:
I love that Jason Cook and I landed new roles at the same time. I don’t get to see him too often.

General Hospital

GH’s Chloe Lanier Talks On Nelle’s Twisted Plots, Her Co-Stars & That Cliffhanger “Ending”

Recently on ABC’s General Hospital, Chloe Lanier’s Nelle Benson created even more havoc for Carly (Laura Wright), Michael (Chad Duell), Julian (William deVry), Brook Lynn (Briana Lane), and of course, her son, Wiley.

However, is Nelle really gone after her ‘fall,’ which has left her MIA and Carly believing she is responsible for her sister’s ‘death’? But as we know with Nelle, she keeps secretly planning her next move and loves to slowly torture those who she believes have wronged her. There is also the ongoing mystery of just who is Nina’s (Cynthia Watros) daughter, especially since Nelle has the other half of the necklace so near and dear to Nina; leaving viewers pondering if it could mean they are mother and child, or is this all a red-herring?

One thing is for sure, Daytime Emmy winner, Chloe Lanier brings it each and every time she returns to GH. She gives always give the storylines a much needed injection of drama, drama and more drama. No one is quite like Lanier in the soaps either; she can play tough, vulnerable, manipulative, and street smart, like nobody’s business.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Chloe to get her answers to some of our burning questions for her and her portrayal of naughty Nelle, and how one of her co-stars helped her through a very difficult time in her life.  Here’s what she had to say about it all.

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What did you think of the courtroom antics of Nelle during the custody hearing for Wiley?

CHLOE:  I mean, showing up in a wedding dress was her first mistake. Then antagonizing everyone in the room was probably her second. But she’s so wounded—so broken from her childhood. She doesn’t have the proper emotional tools to combat her self-destructive behavior.

Which showdown or confrontation between Nelle and Michael stands out to you?

CHLOE:  I particularly loved the scenes where Nelle, nine months pregnant, leaves Michael in the rigged car, hoping it would explode. It’s rare that you’re given comedic material on a soap, so that was particularly exciting for me. Also, Chad’s reactions always make me laugh. He’s great.

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What is it like working with Chad Duell as feuding exes and parents of Wiley? 

CHLOE:  Chad is so easy to work with. He’s been doing the show for so long and is very technically gifted. The writers graced us with some meaty material that we were able to sink our teeth into.

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What does Nelle think of Willow (Katelyn MacMullen)? She really hates her, huh?

CHLOE: I don’t believe she hates her. She’s envious. Willow is the exact opposite and oftentimes we’re afraid of what we don’t understand. Particularly someone like Nelle, who was raised by a con artist and taught to exploit and manipulate anyone she comes across. So when she sees someone so pure, so innocent, she immediately distrusts her because that behavior is so far outside the lines of how she operates.

What was it like taping the fight scenes between Carly and Nelle, where Nelle “Plummets” to her death?  

CHLOE:  Shout out to Amanda Hall and Heather Bonomo, our amazing stunt doubles for those scenes. They were fantastic.

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When you and Laura Wright get the scripts; where Carly and Nelle are having a huge showdown, are you thrilled about getting the chance to play the emotional beats of those moments? What if it’s a fight scene?

CHLOE:  Those scenes were such a joy, because we got to explore some of the deep roots of Nelle’s trauma, and Carly explicitly said, “I believe you love your son.” That, for me, was important.  Because despite all of her failings, she truly did love her son—in her own warped, off kilter, way.

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Nelle has really been blackmailing Julian, until he turned the tables on her on the pier?  What has it been like acting opposite Will deVry in those scenes?

CHLOE:  I love Will. He and I actually have the same acting coach, so our prep and how we’re working is from a similar place. What I love about Will is the confidence he has in his stillness. He’s lovely on camera, so connected.

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Nelle has the other half of the necklace belonging to Nina.  What do you think if it turns out that Nelle is Nina’s daughter?  It is quite possible, tho, that she is not, and it’s all a red herring. How has it been working with Cynthia Watros?

CHLOE:  Cynthia is one of the kindest human beings I’ve ever met, truly. We haven’t known each other for long, but earlier this year, and not many people know this other than my close friends, I was having glaring mental health issues stemming from unresolved trauma. I was going going going for so long that I couldn’t run away from it anymore. I had never dealt with any of it. She saw it and could tell I was silently struggling and reached out. You don’t forget kindness like that. So I’m very grateful for Cynthia—and of course, therapy. I would be flattered if they decided to make Nelle Nina’s daughter.

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What do you think about how the writers have kept finding ways to have plot points that get all the other characters in trouble and make it look like they did something to Nelle, but she ultimately has her own diabolical plans for them with her actions? She is pretty smart!

CHLOE:  Nelle is the perfect victim, and her love language is sabotage. She’s also a narcissist, so she’s always going to think she’s the smartest person in the room. She’s basically a walking version of Taylor Swift’s song, Look What You Made Me Do. I love that the writers gifted me the opportunity work with almost everyone on the show. Josh (Swickard) and I always had a great time together. And Maurice (Benard)—god he’s hilarious. I would have loved to work with Briana Nicole Henry (Jordan) more though. I love watching her work. She’s going to have an amazing career.

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Do you think Nelle can ever be redeemed at this point?

CHLOE:  Redemption is a weird one for me, because I don’t believe that people are inherently good or bad. We’re all human. We all have flaws, make mistakes, have regrets, experience shame. We have the ability to grow and we learn from our past. Nelle has done and felt all of those things, to a degree, but continued to do the same thing over and over again while expecting a different result. A character either has to change or they die. So, I’ll say this—if Nelle is alive out there somewhere, I hope she’s going to therapy.

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What has been the hardest scene for you to play emotionally in the time you have been playing Nelle?

CHLOE:  Probably the scene with the newborn, where Nelle runs into Brad on the side of the road. I had never held a newborn baby before, so I was TERRIFIED. I realized I was the only thing in that moment keeping that baby alive…a very bizarre and life altering feeling, I’ll say.

So, have you enjoyed Chloe’s performances? Do you think Nelle is plotting from afar?  What would you like to see happen in the storylines with  baby Wiley, Nina’s child, and more? Comment below.

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Days Of Our Lives

Chandler Massey & Freddie Smith Discuss Their Departure From DAYS, New Beginnings & WilSon’s Journey

This week, Days of our Lives viewers saw the highly-anticipated exit off the canvas, for now,  of Daytime Emmy-winners, Chandler Massey and Freddie Smith as Will and Sonny.

Tuesday marked their final airshow, while the actors found out they were being written-out of the show and had filmed their last six episodes over seven months ago, because at that time and before the pandemic, DAYS was taping far in advance of air.

Now with this leg of their journey complete as the popular Salem duo, Chandler and Freddie are embarking on new chapters of their lives, as Chandler details his move to Atlanta and Freddie in a few weeks to Florida.  But as they discuss in this very special conversation with Michael Fairman on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, they are not stopping acting either.

During this “farewell for now” interview with Michael, the two actors open up about their final scripts, their last tape day, how both characters helped many individuals come out and come to terms with who they are via watching Will’s coming out story, Will and Sonny’s on-screen relationship and more.

In addition, Freddie discusses what happened when he auditioned for the role of Sonny and what he thinks helped land him the gig; Chandler shares a story about a fan that is very moving, and that his biggest regret was not getting to play the wedding scenes between Will and Sonny (Guy Wilson at that time had stepped into the role of Will).   The duo also reveal their favorite and least favorite storylines they were involved in, and much more.

Watch the full interview below.

So, what do you think about what Freddie and Chandler had to share during our conversation? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Y&R’s Melody Thomas Scott Talks Harrowing Childhood, Growing Up In Hollywood, Nikki’s Storylines

This week, The Young and the Restless’ iconic, Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) new memoir, Always Young & Restless: My Life on and Off off America’s #1 Daytime Drama,” from Diversion Books, is available everywhere.

For everyone that follows Melody, this book has been several years in the making with some starts and stops, but in it she does not hold back and reveals some very painful details and moments from her upbringing when she was raised by her unstable grandmother and more.

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Melody also talks about reuniting with her estranged father when he suddenly awoke from his coma while she was by his side.  Throughout her lengthy career in Hollywood, Melody has worked with some of the greats including: Clint Eastwood, Brian DePalma and Alfred Hitchcock.

Now in a conversation with Michael Fairman on The Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube, Melody opens about her decision on the stories she told in the books, her favorite and least favorite storylines as Nikki on Y&R, working with Eric Braeden (Victor) and the entire company of the CBS daytime drama where she has been for over 40 years, and how she hopes her memoir might help others; including those stage moms and children considering life in front of the camera and more.

To watch the full interview with Melody, check it out below.

Then let us know, what have you been most surprised to learn about Melody this past week as her memoir has come out? What is your favorite or least favorite storylines of Nikki’s on Y&R over the years? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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